Thursday, December 23, 2010

a note to my body

Dear Body:

You are much too old to still have zits!  Zits are for teenagers, not for someone who is in her what anniversary of my 29th birthday is it this year?  hummm  well that's beside the point!  The point is I am too old to still have zits!

So clear up!

Don't make me go all Proactive on you!  Cuz I will!  That Katy Perry says it works so it must work!  And I'll get some and scrub til it's raw if I have to!

getting wrinkles and zits sucks!  Big time!

The window installation

I was gonna title that the window finale, but I'm not quite sure that it's all over yet.

Yesterday our long awaited windows came and were installed into my house.  Of course that was not without more drama.  (why can't anything ever go right???) 

We were greeted right off the bat with yet another change to our widows due to our lovely city and their stupid building codes.

As you may remember from last time Window Drama we had to change our order to take out 6 double hung windows and put in 3 2 panel slider windows instead because our local building code requires us to have windows that allow very huge people to escape from our second story windows. 

Well yesterday we learned that that same building code considers my main floor office a bedroom because "it has a closet"* and also requires that I replace the existing 2 double hung windows in the office with another 2 panel slider window...again for very large people to escape through the window, when the front door to the house is only 2 feet away.
*the office shares a closet with the foyer.  the said closet has a door that opens to the foyer and another door that opens to the office.

So I first called up the city's building dept and begged that I be able to keep my double hung windows.  The guy I spoke with was able to look up the permit and know exactly what I was talking about...but unfortunately the only way he was going to let me have my windows was for us to wall in the back side of the foyer/office closet.  So I called up my hubby and he was livid!  There was no way that he was going to close up the back of the closet just to keep the windows.  Luckily the window company had built the window that we needed to keep to code.  So they installed that.  I was very least the window isn't that bad looking.

When the building inspector comes I will very much voice my complaint that 1) there are 8 blooming smoke detectors in this house so there is NO CHANCE of anyone getting trapped by flames in any of the rooms.  (okay, maybe if the furnace were to explode...but what are the chances of that happening???)  2) if they were trapped they would never consider jumping out a window from the 2nd story because they would surely die from the fall. I would rather get burned a bit running down the stairs than jump and break most of my bones and possibly my neck.  3) if they were truly that desperate to get out they wouldn't be at all concerned with breaking the window to get out...and these window frames pop out very easily.  4) my office, even though it has a closet would never in anyone's right mind be considered a bedroom...besides if you really needed a home with more bedrooms you would go buy one...not a 4 bedroom house.

I was just chatting with Darly and we mentioned that if she gets any more dolls that she'll need a bigger bedroom...I joked that we could take out the closets between her and the guest bedrooms and then she could have a super sized suite.  She loved that idea, but I'm sure hubby won't go for it.  However, we just gained a bedroom downstairs  LOL!

Today the window guys are working on the outside of our windows...they'll then present us with the bill.  stay tuned for that drama!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Window Drama

who knew that what we thought would be a simple thing back in October would in fact turn out to produce such headaches?  oye!

We ordered the windows at the beginning of October but they weren't able to come measure for them until closer to the end of October.  

But it took another two weeks for them to realize the first order had been sitting on hold because changes were made when they took the measurements.  We finally got that taken care of and it would take about a month to make the windows.

Then I'm expecting a call any day now to tell me the windows are ready and set up the installation.  but NO instead I get a call telling me that my city won't allow me to put in 7 of the windows that I want.  AND to add to the stress, the guy didn't return my call!  The following is copied from my facebook.
    • STILL WAITING! I've called and left 3 messages for this guy. I called and emailed our sales rep (who did get back to me) and I called the main office. seems no one can find this bozo!
    • well it is FINALLY resolved. and I'm grumbling.

    • the problem: in bedroom windows the building code requires that the opening when you fully open a window to be at least 20w by 24h for escape during a fire.

    • the crux: the windows we ordered are only 15 3/4 h.
      the window are all 2 & half stories up...there is NO WAY anyone would use those as a fire escape!
      we have 5 smoke detectors on that floor and 3 more in the house...there is NO WAY that we ...wouldn't have enough warning to get out through the front door with our animals too! 

    • the solution: I have to put sliding windows in 3 of the bedrooms and a casement in the other bedroom to meet the required code.

    • why I'm grumbling: I hate slider & casement windows...that's why I ordered double hung windows! AND our window order was due at the end of this we have to wait some more! My Christmas decorations are still not up yet.

    • apparently we have to install windows for the next owner's escape.
      Now I'm still waiting for the window folks to send the addendum paperwork for ordering the sliders and casement window.  I should email the guy or my order will get held up again.  I DID ask if instead of holding up my entire order if they would install the windows as they are finished so that we could get our tax rebate.  We'll see, the guy I spoke to seems to think that they can finish the new windows the same time as the rest of my order...which makes me wonder if they haven't even started my order yet.  (can you see my eyes rolling?)
      The biggest pain in the butt about all of this is that for the installation we have to have the areas around our windows clear of curtains, no blinds, no get the idea.  Well it's Christmas time and I can't put up any of my decorations yet because I'm waiting on these bozos.  Grumble!
      Hubby wants to cancel the entire order.  LOL!  He is just saying that cuz he is having buyers remorse and doesn't want to pay for them. 

      UPDATE:   I got a call at about 12:30 from our sales guy.  He said he needed to meet with me to go over the changes for our window order.  Luckily he was nearby and offered to meet me at the house...I was at first panicked about trying to drive all the way to his showroom...ack!

      So he went over the changes with me and I signed all the necessary paperwork...AND they did reduce the price by the difference of ordering fewer windows.  The sales guy asked me to call my hubby a few times to make sure he knew that the price had been I believe that DH must have called him and chewed his ear off.  LOL!  and YES, I see from my email that DH did have a discussion with him about a reduced price.  he he